Blackman girls whip Franklin Co., face Riverdale next

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Franklin County's Sydney Ingle trys to force her way through Blackman's Jaida Bond and Jaleah Goff. Photo by Ethan Scott/Murfreesboro Post

Blackman senior Crystal Dangerfield's 3-pointer 30 seconds into the game essentially ended it -- and Franklin County's season -- on Friday night.

The Lady Blaze scored the first 13 points of the game and cruised to a 62-15 victory over the Rebelettes in the first round of the Region 4-AAA tournament at Blackman.

"We talked about it lot that you can't afford to overlook anybody," said Blackman coach Jessika Jackson. "If they're here, they're a good ball team. I told them if we don't take care of business tonight it doesn't matter because we'll be sitting at home on Monday.

"I thought we did a good job with our focus. We got off to a good start. That obviously helped and we were able to get some of our other kids in who haven't played as much."

The Lady Blaze (27-3) will play Riverdale, an 83-32 winner over Shelbyville, in the semifinals on Monday night at 6 at La Vergne High School. The winner advances and is assured a Sectional game, while the loser will see its season end. Blackman won the first two meetings, 51-48 and 71-69.

The 4-AAA tournament was slated to be played at Franklin County, but due to District 7 sweeping all four first-round games on Friday night, it will be played in Rutherford County.

Blackman led 24-2 at the end of the first quarter and carries a 40-10 lead into the locker room at the half. Dangerfield scored all 18 of her points in the first half to lead the Lady Blaze, while senior Jazz Bond added 10 points.

"Coach J said let this be a game where we can get better," Dangerfield said. "She told us not to think about (playing Riverdale a third time), just take it one game at a time. It's hard to beat a team three times, but I think we can do it."

Added Bond: "We knew this was a win or go home game, so we came out with good focus and got on them from the start. (Against Riverdale) we just need to stay focused, run the floor and play like we can. Everybody has to bring in that night."

Blackman rested the majority of its starters in the second half which saw the Lady Blaze outscore Franklin County 22-5.

"This time of the year and grind of the tournaments you play back-to-back days, you play and get a day off or maybe two days off," Jackson said. "The more we get into the more demand is going to be on our top players. It was good to save their legs a little bit."

Reach sports editor Monte Hale Jr. at mhale@murfreesboropost.com

Friday's Scores

Region 4 Tournament

Blackman 62, Franklin County 15

Riverdale 83, Shelbyville 32

Oakland 69, Lincoln County 31

Stewarts Creek 79, Lawrence County 72 (OT)

Monday (at La Vergne High School)

Stewarts Creek vs. Oakland, 6 p.m.

Blackman vs. Riverdale, 7:30 p.m.

Region 5-A

Girls

MTCS 52, Nashville Christian 28

Houston County 45, Eagleville 34

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